Najib's wife Rosmah to be quizzed again, this time by police

Najib's wife Rosmah to be quizzed again, this time by police
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GEORGE TOWN - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor may face another round of questioning - with the police this time - after her 13-hour marathon session with the Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission.

She will be called in by the police to facilitate the ongoing money laundering investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said she would be required to verify jewellery allegedly belonging to her that was confiscated.

"We confiscated the items at former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's house and at an apartment unit in Pavilion Resi­dences. Rosmah will be called again as the seized jewellery pieces are alleged to be hers.

"We will need her to identify and confirm the items. It is expected to be a long process as there are many of them and we need to trace them back to the sellers and producers," said Noor Rashid during a press conference yesterday.

He also said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be facing several other charges relating to 1MDB, adding that police were still carrying out investigations.

Many more investigations into the case had not been completed at the moment, he said, adding that they would take some time.

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges of money laundering involving about RM7mil at the Sessions Court here Thursday (Oct 4).

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    The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). According to her lawyers, she was arrested at 3.20pm while giving her statement at its headquarters here.

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    Rosmah had arrived at the MACC headquarters at 10.42am earlier on Wednesday (Oct 3). Clad in a light green baju kurung and matching headscarf, Rosmah looked calm as she walked past the gathered media.

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    The latest interrogation of the former Malaysian PM's wife by the country's anti-corruption officers is believed to evolve around the 1MDB scandal.

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    Ros­mah emerged from the MACC headquarters on Wed after a 13-hour interrogation. Although she looked exhausted, the 66-year-old afforded a meek smile to waiting journalists outside the building.

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    Her attire and accessories were the centre of attention on Sept 26, as she had colour coordinated her green baju kurung and tudung with a Loewe designer handbag and wedge shoes.

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    Rosmah looked calm when she alighted from a Proton Perdana and walked past a horde of journalists who converged outside the MACC building earlier in the morning.

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    This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    Rosmah was questioned for about five hours by MACC investigators on June 5 over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary.

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    This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.

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    Last Thursday (Sept 20), Najib was slapped with 25 fresh corruption and money-laundering charges. He was granted bail of RM3.5 million (S$1.15 million) with two sureties in his latest court case.

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    Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.

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    The United States Department of Justice has alleged that more than US$4.5bil (RM18bil) was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about US$680 million (S$929 million) ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

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"Yes, there will be more charges (in court) against Najib because many more investigations are being carried out on him, including under Section 409 of the Penal Code (breach of trust) and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFA).

"It will take some time. As I said earlier, the case needs close scrutiny because some of the evidence is abroad and we need to go through the Attorney General's Chambers to obtain it.

"The countries involved are Switzerland, Singapore, America and two or three other countries. We have already contacted their respective Attorney Generals and a discussion has been carried out, but the investigation will take time," he said.

Commenting on Umno's application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to reclaim the RM116.7mil cash seized from Pavilion Residences in June, Noor Rashid said police still had more than half a year to hold on to the cash.

"The Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terr­o-rism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act provides a one-year period for police to hold on to evidence on the case.

"The court can decide whether to take action on the money under criminal proceedings or under civil forfeiture after that.

"Police have up to one year to complete the investigations under the law.

"Once the money laundering investigation into 1MDB is completed and if police find no links to the money, we will gladly return it to the owner.

"Based on the investigations so far and the statements recorded, we believe the money was acquired through unlawful means.

"We will need time to verify all items seized pertaining to the investigation, as the scale of the case is huge," he said.

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